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Yamaha CLP340 Rosewood Clavinova

(Tuesday, February 15, 2011)

The Yamaha CLP340 Clavinova digital piano is the perfect choice for the advanged player on a budget. With more features than the CLP320 and CLP330, the CLP340 features GH3 key action which offers a very realistic feel, USB for connectivity to a computer for saving or loading user songs, and allows you to control the sounds from the piano.

The CLP340 also features 4-step dynamic stereo sampling which gives a very realistic piano sound through the included speaker or headphones.

The CLP340 Clavinova is a top choice here at Umbrella Music, a main Yamaha Piano dealer, and you can see more here.

Ringo Starr rules out The Beatles' sons forming a band

(Friday, June 29, 2012)

Photo: Photo: PA


Ringo Starr

has shot down reports that the sons of The Beatles are set to form a band together.

Earlier this year, Paul McCartney's son James said he and the rest of the Fab Four's offspring could pay tribute to their dads by creating a second-generation incarnation of the group.

James, who has released two EPs titled 'Available Light' and 'Close At Hand', admitted that he had discussed working with Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison, although he did that it seemed as if Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey, isn't keen on the idea.

When asked if he had ever thought about forming a band with the rest of the Beatles' children, he replied: "I don't think it's something that Zak wants to do. Maybe Jason [drummer and one of Starr's other sons] would want to do it. I'd be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I'd be happy to do it."

It turns out he was right, as Ringo himself confirmed that neither his son Zak Starkey (who previously played with both Oasis and The Who) or Jason Starkey are onboard.

Speaking to WENN, he said: "Both my sons tell me they are not going to do it."

Recently, Beatles legend Paul McCartney revealed that he and his former bandmates had often discussed reforming the band, but had ultimately decided against it in case they tarnished their legacy. He released his latest solo album, 'Kisses On The Bottom', earlier this year.

Ringo Starr himself released his 16th solo album 'Ringo 2012' in January of this year

German Clarinetists go on search of new sound.

(Friday, June 29, 2012)

In search of new sounds were found in August 2002, six clarinetists composed of central Germany. The common desire to engage in extraordinary chamber music of the orchestra work out, let the musicians treading new ground in occupation and repertoire issues.

Clarinet News"Clarinet News" fascinated by the diversity of the products resulting from the chalumeau clarinet - from the bass clarinet on basset horn and basset clarinet to the clarinet and Eb clarinet, and finally the modern saxophone is the ensemble an inexhaustible spectrum of sounds to choose from, which contains original compositions by Mozart and his contemporaries as well as his own transcriptions and arrangements of baroque to contemporary music, jazz and swing can be filled and authentic in style to the concert experience.

Based on the classic wind serenade, the decision to "Clarinet news" to fill a sextet, leaving no chance. May seem unusual, the cast of clarinets, the more convincing is the harmony and imitation of various wind and string instruments.

George Michael unveils near-death inspired new single 'White Light'

(Monday, July 02, 2012)

George Michael has unveiled his new single 'White Light', which he has said was inspired by his near-death experience at the end of last year.

The singer was forced to cancel a swathe of tour dates at the end of last year after he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Speaking late last year, Michael said that doctors in Vienna had spent three weeks "keeping him alive" and described his time in hospital as "the worst month of my life".

Now recovered, the singer has debuted his comeback single, which you can hear by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking previously about the track, he said: "I wrote about what happened to me in Vienna. You may recall my reference to those strange individuals who took the time to pray for my death as I lay in my hospital bed back in November. Don't think I don't realise how many of you out there prayed for my recovery."

He continued: "I thank you all from the deepest part of my soul. And I will repay your unending kindness the only way I know how, with 'White Light'. It's for all of you, for everyone who prayed for me. And I promise you it's a blinder."

Earlier this year, George Michael rescheduled the remaining dates of his 'Symphonica' tour. The tour, which will see the singer performing live with a large orchestra, now begins at Birmingham's LG Arena on September 16 and runs until October 17 when he plays the final show of three at London's Earls Court.

Indian man sets up museum of rare musical instruments

(Monday, July 02, 2012)

One of the hundreds of traditional instruments 


A music lover in India's Rajasthan state has created a private museum at home with a rare collection of more than 600 traditional musical instruments on display.


Abdul Aziz comes from a family of musicians and has dedicated his life to collecting the rare instruments.


But, he says, that with his limited income, he will not be able to look after his treasure for long.


The collection has pieces dating back to the Buddhist and Mughal era.

'Treasure trove'

Every nook and corner of Abdul Aziz's home in Jaipur city is filled with some kind of instrument.


Abdul Aziz playing one of his hundreds of rare instruments Abdul Aziz comes from a long line of musicians


The small house is so overcrowded that some musical instruments are displayed in the bathrooms.


"Many of the instruments in my collection are not seen widely because they went out of fashion, while some are on the verge of extinction," Mr Aziz told the BBC.


''My only dream is to conserve, preserve and display this musical treasure trove," he says.


Santosh Sharma of Jaipur's Trimurti Institute of Art and Culture says "the collection includes a wide variety of musical instruments".


"Most interesting in the collection are a tabla and a bayan - types of drums - that are made from cloth instead of leather."


Says Mr Sharma: "They come from a time when Brahmins (high-caste Hindu priests) played the tabla which had to be made from cloth as they did not like to touch leather. Leather instruments were promoted during the Mughal era."


But, Mr Aziz says that space crunch and a lack of funding are threatening his collection.


"We live in a joint family and I share this house with my brothers and their families. I've used the space belonging to my brothers to store the instruments, but now they are all reluctant to look after them," he adds.


Mr Aziz says unless the government gives him a plot of land to set up a small museum, he may not be able to look after the instruments for long.


The collection includes an Afghani rebab and a Ruhani rebab - plucked string instruments found only in Kabul and Kashmir.

Earliest music instruments found-Researchers have identified what they say are the oldest-known musi

(Monday, July 02, 2012)

Mammoth ivory flute

The flutes, made from bird bone and mammoth ivory, come from a cave in southern Germany which contains early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans - Homo sapiens.


Scientists used carbon dating to show that the flutes were between 42,000 and 43,000 years old.


The findings are described in the Journal of Human Evolution.


A team led by Prof Tom Higham at Oxford University dated animal bones in the same ground layers as the flutes at Geissenkloesterle Cave in Germany's Swabian Jura.


Prof Nick Conard, the Tuebingen University researcher who identified the previous record-holder for oldest instrument in 2009, was excavator at the site.


He said: "These results are consistent with a hypothesis we made several years ago that the Danube River was a key corridor for the movement of humans and technological innovations into central Europe between 40,000-45,000 years ago.


"Geissenkloesterle is one of several caves in the region that has produced important examples of personal ornaments, figurative art, mythical imagery and musical instruments."


Musical instruments may have been used in recreation or for religious ritual, experts say.


And some researchers have argued that music may have been one of a suite of behaviours displayed by our species which helped give them an edge over the Neanderthals - who went extinct in most parts of Europe 30,000 years ago.


Music could have played a role in the maintenance of larger social networks, which may have helped our species expand their territory at the expense of the more conservative Neanderthals.


The researchers say the dating evidence from Geissenkloesterle suggests that modern humans entered the Upper Danube region before an extremely cold climatic phase at around 39,000-40,000 years ago.


Previously, researchers had argued that modern humans initially migrated up the Danube immediately after this event.


"Modern humans during [this] period were in central Europe at least 2,000-3,000 years before this climatic deterioration, when huge icebergs calved from ice sheets in the northern Atlantic and temperatures plummeted," said Prof Higham.


"The question is what effect this downturn might have had on the people in Europe at the time."

Streaming added to Hot 100 chart.The Billboard Hot 100 this week features data from music subscripti

(Tuesday, July 03, 2012)

The new streaming chart takes in every on-demand play request and plays from services such as MOG, Muve Muve, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker and Spotify, while Data from Zune and Sony Music Unlimited is expected to be added in the coming weeks.

New York band fun top the first-ever On-Demand chart with We Are Young featuring Janelle Monae, which recorded 1.1 million streams last week, according to Nielsen BDS. It also remains at number one on the newly-configured flagship Hot 100, which from this week onwards will now be compiled from a mixture of digital download and physical sales data from Nielsen SoundScan and radio airplay and streaming data tracked by Nielsen BDS.

Also in the first-ever On-Demand Songs top five are Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra, Rack City by Tyga, Ni**as In Paris by Jay-Z and Kanye West and Take Care by Rihanna by Drake featuring Rihanna.

Meanwhile, the addition of streaming data to the Hot 100 has had an impact on the shape of the chart with the Tyga track, for example, placed at number 15 this week. Without streaming data being included it would have been in 18th position. Similarly, Big Sean is 40th instead of 52 and Avicii 66 rather than 80.

The new chart has been launched by Billboard and Nielsen in conjunction with the National Association of Recording Merchandisers’ (NARM) Its roll-out and changes to the Hot 100 follow Nielsen BDS beginning to track streaming activity in 2005. In the first 70 days of this year it tracked more than 4.5 billion audio streams.


Billboard editorial director Bill Werde said: “Billboard always recognises trends in the way fans experience music. With some of these services growing exponentially and integrating into the social web, the time is right to launch a streaming chart and to incorporate this activity into the Hot 100.”

Nielsen’s vice president of merchants services and emerging growth for entertainment Chris Muratore said Nielsen began capturing streaming data in 2005 when the impact of digital music consumption was clear.

“As our relationships have grown to include most of the largest music streaming services in the business, we have measured an all-time weekly high of more than 625 million total streams in the past week alone. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Billboard and partners like NARM to provide the most comprehensive measurement and analysis for the industry and our clients,” he added.

NARM/ business development and digital strategy VP Bill Wilson described the new chart as “a significant milestone in the evolution of the music subscription business”.

“The new Billboard chart is the definitive endorsement of the importance of the music subscription market and, as Nielsen continues to track tremendous growth, its influence can only become more important in the future,” he added

Lucian Grainge: Vivendi committed to EMI buyout

(Tuesday, July 03, 2012)

Lucian Grainge has moved to reassure staff that Universal's parent company is committed to the £1.2bn ($1.9bn) purchase of EMI Music - after the chairman of Vivendi's management board, Jean-Bernard Levy, was ousted last week.

Levy was widely seen as a champion of the proposed acquisition, and his headline-grabbing exit fuelled speculation that the EMI Music purchase may have been see as unpopular within Vivendi.

However, according to a leaked email from Grainge to staff, chairman of Vivendi's supervisory board, Jean-Rene Fourtou, remains “committed to Universal Music’s strategic ambitions” and “fully supportive [of] and inspired by” its EMI bid.

Grainge included a statement from Fourtou that said Universal was “an integral part of Vivendi’s commitment to excellence in the field of creative content".

The exec once again reiterated his argument that the purchase of EMI by Universal would be beneficial to the wider music industry, according to the Financial Times.

The European Commission has handed Universal a “statement of objections” about the bid. The EC hearings are expected to start on July 10.

“Mr. Fourtou, I am glad to say, is an enthusiastic music fan,” Grainge said in the letter, according to Bloomberg.

“Mr. Fourtou is committed to Universal’s strategic ambitions, which include our evolving services to artists and determination to help digital music grow further for our business partners and consumers.”

Sales of albums in the UK dropped from 50.5m to 43.6m year-on-year (-13.8%) in the six months to the

(Tuesday, July 03, 2012)

The stats, based on Official Charts Company data, show that in Q2 2012, digital downloads accounted for 34.7% of all albums sold.

However, overall album sales in Q2, including physical formats, were down to 20.6m from 23.5m - a drop of 12.7% compared to the same quarter in 2011.

Digital album market volumes grew 15.0% in Q2 and 17.3% in the first half of the year.

The market for singles also continued to grow, with Q2 sales of 46.9m, up 8.3% year-on-year compared with 43.3m in 2011 and an increase of 6.3% year-to-date (93.6m, against 88.0m for H1 2011). Digital accounted for 100% of sales of the top 10 singles of 2012 so far.


Adele’s 21 was the best selling artist album of the year so far in 2012, mirroring its performance as the biggest seller from the first half of 2011 a year ago. Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sandé was the second-biggest artist seller of 2012, with Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die at No.3.

The UK’s biggest-selling single of 2012 so far is Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye ft Kimbra – having sold more than a million copies. It is followed by Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen and Titanium by David Guetta ft Sia in third place.

BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said, “We’ve had another solid quarter of digital growth in sales volumes – both in albums and on singles, where the top 10 were exclusively sold as digital downloads. Album unit sales are down quite significantly year-on-year, but it’s important to remember that these unit sales figures do not take into account the growing importance of music streaming and subscription services.

“The second half of 2012 is looking very promising for music fans, with big releases anticipated from The Killers, Plan B, Joss Stone, Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams, Muse, David Guetta, Van Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, Dido, One Direction and The Vaccines.”

Global, the parent company of Global Radio, has announced the launch of Global Television - with two

(Wednesday, July 04, 2012)

Global, the parent company of Global Radio, has announced the launch of Global Television - with two new channels launching in September.

This morning, Ashley Tabor, Global Founder and Executive President gave the news to all Global employees via video link and announced the launch of two brand new music TV channels from Global TV.

Heart TV and Capital TV will play nonstop music videos, 'deepening and enhancing the clear brand identities of the Heart and Capital brands', according to Global.


The channels - which will target audiences in the same demographics as the radio stations - will launch this September, initially on the Sky digital satellite and Freesat platforms.

Commenting on the development, Stephen Miron, Global Group CEO said: "The creation of Global TV is another exciting step for the company. We continue to grow our business and I'm sure advertisers will enjoy the opportunity of extending their relationship with Heart & Capital as a result of being on TV.

Global Founder and Executive President Ashley Tabor said: “Global prides itself on clear, simple brand propositions for its consumers. Brand extension is a natural thing for us to do, for example online, mobile and live events, so I'm delighted we're now bringing both Heart and Capital's top class brand quality to music television."

Julian Wall announced today that he will leave the BPI at the end of September, thanking colleagues

(Wednesday, July 04, 2012)

An emotional Wall told ACM attendees that he is to leave his position as director of Independent Members Services and International Events after over four years in the role.

“I want to thank everyone here from the BPI independent membership, especially those who I’ve gotten to know personally and from my activities as part of the Independent International Committee, BPI trade missions and all the other events and BPI work that I’ve been involved in,” he said.

“I sincerely hope that we’ll keep in touch and maybe even do some business in the not too distant future.

"I’d like to express my personal gratitude to all the independent BPI council members that I’ve worked with over the past four years and especially to Mike Batt, who as BPI deputy chairman throughout has been a pleasure to work with. Thank you Mike.

“And finally, thanks to all those in the BPI office; chairman Tony Wadsworth, CEO Geoff Taylor, my assistant Debi Blackgrove, plus all the staff who do a great job.

“Thank you very much and it’s been great working with you.”

Wall is widely credited for bringing the BPI closer to indie labels, a point made by Geoff Taylor and Dramatico’s Mike Batt, who made his appreciation known in a “controlled heckle.”


“I just wanted to say my personal thanks and redirect any focus that’s been put on me, because the indies in the BPI are a team,” said Batt from the audience.

“We all get on really well with each other, we work with the majors and we work with each other in a way that is quite extraordinary.

“We have had the most fantastic stewardship of our indie members from Julian, and I think it’s a great blow for us to have lost you Julian. I wanted to personally thank you but I hope also on behalf of the indies and on the behalf of my major colleagues on the council.

“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done with the trade missions and other marvelous things – the synch missions to LA have been particularly successful – and the vibrancy, drive and imagination that you’ve brought to the role. Thank you very much.”

Geoff Taylor rounded off tributes to Wall saying, “I just want to add my personal thanks to Julian.

“For several years he’s been an outstanding representative for indie interests to me, to Tony, to the council. He’s been a very strong voice within the BPI reminding us always to put indie issues at the top of our agenda and he’s done a fabulous job, as Mike said, with the trade missions.

“We’re really sorry to see him go. We will obviously start the process of finding someone to fulfill that role now, but thank you Julian for being a fantastic member of the team.”

Company Founded By Bob Marley's Wife And Children Takes Legal Action To Stop Marley Name And Likenes

(Wednesday, July 04, 2012)

On June 4, 2012, Fifty Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., the company founded by Bob Marley's Wife and children and the legal entity holding the trademark, publicity, persona and other intellectual property rights to legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, commenced an action in the United States District Court, Central District of California against several parties that have been manufacturing, distributing and offering for sale certain potpourri/kush products which bear Bob Marley's name, image, trademark, persona and likeness.

Hope Road obtained an ex-parte seizure order and accompanied by the United States Marshal's Office conducted a raid on the facilities of the named defendants on June 5, 2012 seizing thousands of illegal Bob Marley products. "We have never authorized any party to sell these types of products with our Father's image and likeness on them and are very upset to see that people are buying these products and being harmed by them. As a result we felt compelled to take action against the parties that have been illegally manufacturing, distributing and selling these unauthorized goods," states Cedella Marley, a Director of Hope Road and Bob's daughter. Hope Road's general counsel Timothy Ervin of the firm of Gallant & Ervin, LLC explained: "Hope Road has never granted a license to any party to use any of the Bob Marley IP on such products, which have been made to resemble synthetic marijuana. Hope Road intends to vigorously pursue any parties involved in the manufacture, distribution and sale of these infringing Bob Marley products." The case is Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd. vs. LA Paradise,, Civil Action No. 12-4870-DDP.

India's First Social Media For Independent Artists

(Thursday, July 05, 2012)

Award winning social media, is India's fastest growing social network of Artists and Music Lovers! Songdew won best software product awards at recently concluded Advantage AP 2012 summit. Visit

Songdew enables collaboration, networking and promotion of non-bollywood artists and music. Songdew offers some of the MOST AMAZING and EASY TO USE tools for sharing music, promoting songs and collaborating with other artists. Artists can even distribute their music in the form of songs, CDs and ringtones. Many artists are finding new opportunities of events, collaborations and opportunities every day through Songdew!

There is a growing base of listeners/followers connecting with Songdew to stream fresh sounds, download /buy their favorite songs and connect with new artists!

Songdew is tightly integrated with Social Media platforms also in talk with a leading music channel to host on ground contests/ music promotion activities to promote artists. Already signed agreements with Samsung, 9X Music, Hard Rock cafe, Exchange4artists and many others for publishing Music of new artists. Visit for more information!

The Highly Popular Indie Bible Music Directory Is Now Online!

(Thursday, July 05, 2012)

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Search results can be saved online or exported to into your own personal database/management program. There is a tool that allows you to print labels as well.

There are over 8500 listings in the Indie Bible ONLINE, including 1100 RECORD LABELS that are willing to accept demos.

In fact, all the listings in the Indie Bible are places that artists can submit to. There are NO listings of any sort that refuse to accept unsolicited material.

The Indie Bible features 2500 radio stations willing to accept music submissions and THOUSANDS of music magazines, distributors, digital music websites, promotional services, publicists, music supervisors etc. that are looking for new music and new clients.

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The Indie Bible comes with 66 articles that can help to move your career to the NEXT LEVEL! The articles cover all the key areas of the music business including the facts about distribution, how to tap into social networking as a powerful promotional tool, music law, how to get your music reviewed, your music played on the radio ... and much more. The articles are written by experts throughout the independent music industry.

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Legendary Moog Analog Delay Returns Better Than Ever

(Thursday, July 05, 2012)



Legendary Moog Analog DelaToday Moog Music Inc. announced the release of its newest Moogerfooger Analog Effects Module, the MF-104M Analog Delay. It is the next generation of Moog’s Analog Delay effects pedals and includes significant feature and function upgrades not found in other analog delay units.

The MF-104M features an all-analog signal path with 800ms of all analog delay time, 6 Waveshape LFO, Dedicated Tap Tempo switch assignable to Delay Time or LFO Rate, MIDI control and recall of every function, and Spillover Mode which has been the most popular modification to the MF-104.

The Classic MF-104 was designed by synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog and released in 2000. It utilized a special "Bucket Brigade” delay chip that allowed the effect to remain completely analog. Unfortunately, the supply of these chips was limited and the final MF-104 was sold in 2001. In 2005 there were two limited reissues of the Classic MF-104; the MF-104Z and the extremely rare MF-104SD, of which only 250 were made.

The new MF-104M Analog Delay utilizes the same vintage Bucket Brigade chips found in the Classic MF-104 and faithfully recreates the sound of its coveted predecessors. In addition, the MF-104M includes a number of customer requested feature and function upgrades.

“We’re very excited about this limited release of the MF-104M,” said Moog Music CEO, Mike Adams. “Many of the parts we use to create these amazing delays are completely original and incredibly hard to find. Since this will be the last of its kind, we have gone to great lengths to incorporate features and functions requested by customers over the last 12 years. The MF-104M delivers those rich, creamy, classic delays Moog is renowned for, but also has the ability to modulate the delay time and create effects not found in any other analog delay.“

Like all Moogerfoogers, the MF-104M is housed in a rugged steel chassis with wood sides and utilizes CV/Expression inputs for controlling Time, Rate, Feedback, Amount, and Mix. A Feedback Insert is also available for adding external effects to the delay line.

The MF-104M is available for a limited time at select dealers worldwide now.


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Apple Launches ITunes Store In Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan & Nine Additional Countries In Asia

(Friday, July 06, 2012)

Apple announced the launch of the iTunes Store in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine additional countries in Asia featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The iTunes Store features local artists including Jay Chou, Girls Generation and Andy Lau, international artists including ADELE, The Beatles and Jason Mraz, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple is bringing the iTunes Store to music fans in Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Customers can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures. The iTunes Store joins the revolutionary App Store which offers more than 650,000 apps to consumers in 155 countries.

The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus, Apple's DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.

iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from the iTunes Store can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match?, a new service that stores your entire music library in iCloud for access at any time, from any iOS device. iTunes Match is available for purchase in the new countries added today.

LOCOG Out Of Order For Not Paying Musicians

(Friday, July 06, 2012)

The Musicians' Union (MU) has said that plans to have an unsigned bands competition at the Olympics is just another example of LOCOG trying to secure the services of professional musicians for no payment.

Unsigned Band Review is looking for 80 acts to perform to hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of the Games in the Olympic Park – for no fee.

Horace Trubridge, MU Assistant General Secretary says:
"LOCOG is saying this is ok because the bands are going to be amateur musicians, but that is simply not true. If it was school bands then it might be a different thing but unsigned bands are not amateurs - in many cases they expect, and get, paid for performing live and LOCOG is exploiting them under the guise of an unsigned band competition.

"LOCOG has repeatedly told us that all professional musicians will be paid, and this is yet another example of them breaking their word. If they want musicians to entertain thousands of people then they should pay for it. It is difficult enough to earn a decent living as a professional musician these days – where does this idea come from that musicians should be happy to work for free? Who else would be?

"This competition aside, the MU has been gathering countless recent examples of LOCOG directly approaching professional musicians to play for free. We are asking the Government and the Mayor of London to condemn LOCOG's actions and we are also calling on musicians who have been asked to work for free at the Olympics to refuse to play."

Steve Haynes, professional musician with Barbican Brass says: "As a professional musician I was outraged to receive an email from LOCOG 'looking for talent' and asking Barbican Brass to play unpaid at a venue in the Olympic park. Apparently it was a chance to showcase our talent. LOCOG is completely disregarding the terms of its agreement with the MU at a time when I could really do with the work due to my show being closed over the Olympics. I can't imagine other professions being asked to work for free."

Artist Manager JC. Caddy says: "In the current music industry climate the live sector is the only real place artists and musicians can make decent money and for the biggest sporting and creative event globally to be devaluing musicians by not giving them the chance to be paid for their work is completely out of order, alongside the fact that the London 2012 Olympic committee is breaking an agreement with the MU about paying musicians."

Plan B signs £3m publishing deal with EMI

(Friday, July 06, 2012)

Plan B has signed a deal with EMI Music Publishing worth around £3 million.

The artist, real name Ben Drew, will get more than £1 million as an advance for his songwriting on future albums with the remaining £2 million being paid once he releases the records.

The deal was overseen EMI Music Publishing UK president Guy Moot, who is considered one of the forerunners in the race to head EMI under Sony/ATV.

It does not, however encompass his next album Ill Manors or his last album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.

Drew’s publishing was previously with Universal.


The new deal is separate from the joint publishing venture that Drew embarked upon with EMI back in February called Temperamental Music.

The set up will see Drew signing and developing songwriters with EMI looking after other areas including synch, licensing and administration globally.

Guy Moot was involved in the Temperamental Music deal, which is thought to have paved the way for Plan B’s own publishing deal with EMI.

2012 Olympic Games service update

(Monday, August 06, 2012)

Throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games it will be business as usual for Umbrella Music. Only those addresses that are within the immediate area of the Games will have any service disruption.

If you are ordering from within on of the following post codes your order may be delayed by up to 24 hours:

DT: 1,2,3,4,5

E: 5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,15,16,17,18,20

SE: 10

If you would like to order a digital piano and you're based in London then please give us a call as we are able to use one of our own delivery vans to complete deliveries making your life easier.

Throughout the Games our couriers DPD will be working hard to limit any disruption to you. If you are ordering from outside one of the above post codes your order should not be affacted by the Games.

If you require any help or assistance our phone lines are open Monday - Saturday 10AM - 6PM - 0845 500 23 23

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(Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

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Expecting a delivery today and want to confirm with the courier?

Call TNT on 0800 100 600 and DPD on 08445 560 560 quoting your consignment number.

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Win a Hotel trip at one the finest 5 Star hotels in England worth £600

(Friday, May 03, 2013)

The Grove 5 star hotel resort Hertfordshire England


What's the prize ?

One night at The Grove hotel for two including Dinner & Breakfast. Entry to the Spa is also included !

A bit more about the Hotel...

The Grove is London's cosmopolitan country estate.

Time's precious and every moment feels longer at The Grove. You're surrounded by nature and there's so much to do that you can spend days here and never do the same thing twice.

Play on our Championship golf course, enjoy our award-winning  Sequoia Spa, dine in three restaurants and waste time in the lounges, bars, Walled Garden and woods. A very special luxury hotel resort and a Leading Hotel of The World, The Grove is unstuffy and open to all. Come here, breathe, relax and have enormous fun!


How to win - Simply buy anything from Umbrella Music from April 1st - May 7th to go into the draw !



T & C's

1. One winner will be selected at random from all qualifying customers who purchase from online or over the phone from the dates 28/03/13 12.01 AM to 07/05/2013 11.59PM

2. Once winner selected you will be contacted to arrange the dates. Certain dates may not be available.

3. The prize is a 1 Night stay at The Grove Hotel (any day) and includes Dinner for 2 at The Glasshouse and Breakfast for 2. Lunch & Drinks are NOT included. Golf & Spa treatments are also NOT included.

4. Entrance to the Spa is Included within the prize. 

5. You will need to make your own travel arrangements. 

6. This competition is bound by Umbrella Music's over all T&C's and management reserve the right to refuse entry at any time. A minimum amount of entries may need to be reached before the prize is drawn.

For more information on the hotel please follow the link




May Bank holiday 5% Sale

(Saturday, May 04, 2013)

Buy anything from the long May Bank Holiday Weekend and enjoy 5% off (all orders over £50).

Simply enter the coupon code "umbrella5" at the checkout to redeem your discount.

If you would prefer to place your order over the phone then give us a call on 0845 500 23 23 quoting "umbrella5".

And remember: Any customer who purchases anything from online or over the phone goes into our prize draw to win a 5 Star holiday. For more information please Click HERE

Roland TD-4KP V-Drums Portable Wins Prestigious MIPA Award

(Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

The Roland TD-4KP V-Drums® Portable kit received this year’s prestigious MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Award) for Electronic Drums. In the musical instrument industry, a MIPA is the equivalent of winning a BRIT or a Grammy!

 The TD-4KP is the newest member of the V-drums electronic drum kit family and the MIPA judges were swayed by its small footprint and innovative folding design. The TD-4KP was built for fast set-up and breakdown and it’s easy to store and transport too, weighing just over 12kg.


To play, simply extend the stand, adjust the arms and pad positions and you’re ready to (drum) roll! And although it’s compact, the V-Drums Portable still packs a punch where it counts. The powerful TD-4 sound module contains 125 expressive and editable sounds, while a built-in drum tutor will help tighten up your playing by showing the areas you need to work on. The integrated rubber pads have a natural response and are very quiet to play too, ideal if you’re playing at home while the whole kit is supported by a sturdy-but-lightweight drum rack.

Once the gig is over, drummers can break down just as quickly as the guitarist. You just put the kit in the optional Roland CB-TDP carry case, zip it all up, throw over your shoulder and you’re off.

See it in action here:



Casio and Dallas Song Writers Association team up to Donate Grand Prize Keyboards

(Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

Casio Delivers the Gift of Music to Winner of the 23rd Dallas Songwriters Annual Song Contest

DOVER, NJ (April 30, 2013) — Casio America, Inc. and the Dallas Songwriters Association have partnered to deliver a Casio PX-350Privia digital piano to the grand prize winner of the 23rd Dallas

Songwriters Annual Song Contest. The Dallas Songwriters Association offers songwriters the chance to share their music writing talents with industry professionals from record labels andpublishing companies.

Amateur songwriters from around the world compete each year for more than $5,000 in prizes in the Dallas Songwriters Annual Song contest. This year’s contest features eight categories judged by music industry professionals – Christian/Inspirational, Country, Americana/Folk/Bluegrass, Pop/Rock/R&B/Alternative, Love Songs, Children’s/Novelty, Singer/Songwriter, and Instrumental. There can be multiple winners in each category plus a grand prize winner.

“Casio is proud to announce its partnership with the Dallas Songwriters Association, which is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters," said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division. “With its 17-track sequencer, ability to save MIDI files on USB storage, and CD-quality WAV audio recording capabilities, the Privia PX-350 is a perfect fit for songwriters. Casio is committed to providing innovative digital pianos that enable music lovers to express themselves and create songs like never before.”

The Privia PX-350 delivers unmatched realism and detail. It’s equipped with Casio’s new proprietary sound source, “AiR” (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) which provides damper resonance and sensational dynamics, utilizing 4 layer stereo dynamic piano samples. The Privia PX-350 features a redesigned 88 note Tri-sensor scaled hammer action keyboard with simulated ebony and ivory textured keys for an incredible feel and utilizes over three times the waveform memory of the previous generation. This latest Privia model has a total of 250 instrument tones built in and the ability to store a user’s preferred splits and layers for live performances. Ready for the stage or the studio, the PX-350 can also record a 44.1kHz.wav file directly to a USB thumb drive so that rehearsals and performances can be shared with others.


For additional information regarding Casio’s Privia line of digital pianos, please visit


About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit

About Dallas Songwriters Association:

Dallas Songwriters Assoc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing information about the craft and business of songwriting. All styles of music are welcome in the DSA, and membership includes writers of all ages. DSA monthly activities include meetings with guest speakers, song critiques and performance showcases that are open to the public. In addition, the DSA supports and promotes workshops and contests and publishes a monthly newsletter. For more information,



Weird Al-How I Use the V-Accordion

(Friday, June 14, 2013)


Weird Al "How I Use the V-Accordion"

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic

There are few artists in the world who’ve had songs and albums at the top of the Billboard charts over a span of three decades. Among those elite few is perhaps the most famous parodist in pop music history, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Since the beginning of MTV in the ‘80s, Al has been there with his hilarious and spot-on parodies of popular songs. Those songs along with a polka-laden library of original songs have gained him legions of die-hard fans around the world. An accordion player first and foremost, Al uses Roland’s FR-7 V-Accordion.

Weird Al’s Take on Mics…

According to Weird Al, there are tons of options on the FR-7 V-Accordion that regular accordions don’t have. His favorite is being able to record directly and digitally without having to use microphones, this speeds up the setup process in the studio and for live performance. He explained that the accordion is a hard instrument to mic, because if you put a microphone next to an accordion – especially the left hand – the bellows are always moving.  So it’s kind of hard to get an even sound, because the mic is always going to be closer and then further away from the sound source. Internal microphones are also always a problem, because you still get the sound of the bellows. With a V-Accordion, all one needs to do is plug in or play through the on board speakers.

“V” For Versatility…

Imagine being able to program the bass buttons for one instrument say acoustic bass, and the chord buttons for another instrument say baritone tuba, and the keys for yet another instrument, you could be a one man band. Traditional and orchestral sounds combination scan be created and played back, compete with full bellows articulation. You can instantly switch between instruments because it doesn’t depend on moving parts for sound generation, the V-Accordion is always in tune, and both keyboards can be transposed to play across a wide range octaves.

FR-8x and FR-8xb V-Accordions

FR-8x and FR-8xb V-Accordions

Behold the FR-8X V-Accordion…

We haven’t told Weird Al, but we introduced our new flagship accordion, the FR-8X last month during the Frankfurt Musikmesse. This V-Accordion can do anything the FR-7 could do and more. Some of the most notable features are:

  • Newly developed Dynamic Bellows Behavior technology which, emulates the true bellows response of an acoustic accordion in every register
  • On board battery charging
  • 180 orchestra, percussion, and Virtual Tone Wheel organ sounds
  • A new interface with a large, easy-to-read color display with programmable buttons
  • Built in looper for backing accompaniment
  • A multi-effects engine
  • The ability to record, playback and connect to a computer via USB

What are your thoughts on the new FR-8x? What is your favorite Weird Al parody? Drop us a comment!

The Clash to receive honorary Silver Clef award

(Friday, June 21, 2013)


The Clash to receive honorary Silver Clef award

Punk pioneers The Clash are to be given an honorary award recognising their contribution to the music industry at the Silver Clef Awards next week.

Mick Jones, the guitarist and co-frontman of the group which split up almost 30 years ago, said it was a "real honour" to receive the award.

Other newly announced recipients include The Kinks' Ray Davies, who will get an ambassador of rock award.

New York band Vampire Weekend will also receive the international award.

As well as punk, The Clash also embraced reggae, blues and funk on their albums.

The band's Joe Strummer died in December, 2002 but Jones and bass player Paul Simonon have gone on to perform together again, touring with Gorillaz.

David Munns, chairman of music charity Nordoff Robbins, which organises the awards, said: "The Clash's music has just as much influence today as it did when they first came onto the music scene in 1976.

"It is no wonder London Calling has been described as one of the most influential rock albums of all time. Having been enormously influential in the UK music scene for over 35 years, I can think of no band more deserving of this award than The Clash."

Other award winners to be honoured at the event in London on 28 June include Coldplay, Labrinth, Alison Moyet and Barry Gibb.

The winner of the best live act prize will be announced on the day.


Thom Yorke pulls albums from Spotify

(Monday, July 15, 2013)


Thom Yorke pulls albums from Spotify


Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has pulled some albums from music-streaming service Spotify in protest at how much it pays artists.

Yorke has pulled his solo album The Eraser as well as a joint project with producer Nigel Godrich, Atoms for Peace.

The singer tweeted that they were "standing up for our fellow musicians" by removing their albums.

Radiohead's albums are still available on the site.

Yorke tweeted: "Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no[t] get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples."

Spotify is the world's most popular music streaming service. Recent figures from the company say it has 24 million active users, of whom six million pay a monthly fee for added features.

It says that it has paid $500m (£332m) to rights holders since it was launched in Sweden in 2008.

Yorke has also removed his music from rival streaming site Rdio.

'Same old industry'

"It's an equation that just doesn't work," Godrich said on Twitter. "The music industry is being taken over by the back door... and if we don't try and make it fair for new music producers and artists... then the art will suffer.

"Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system."

Godrich, who has produced on every Radiohead album since OK Computer, added: "Plus people are scared to speak up or not take part as they are told they will lose invaluable exposure if they don't play ball. Meanwhile."

British electronica artist Four Tet replied with his support: "Exactly. I had everything on my label taken off. Don't want to be part of this crap."

There has been much controversy over how much streaming sites like Spotify and Pandora pay artists, which comes as Pandora is pushing to change US laws to lower how much it must pay in royalties to songwriters.

The band Pink Floyd recently published an editorial on the issue.

"Nearly 90% of the artists who get a cheque for digital play receive less than $5,000 a year.

"They cannot afford the 85% pay cut Pandora asked Congress to impose on the music community," Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason added.

Subscription services are the fastest growing area in digital music, making up 13% of worldwide sales. But 57% of global recorded music sales still come from physical products such as CDs, down from 74% in 2008.

As well as Spotify, Rdio and Pandora, services like Xbox Music, Google Play Music All Access and the soon-to-launch iTunes Radio compete for streaming listeners.



(Friday, July 26, 2013)


Store Closed Saturday 03 August

(Saturday, August 03, 2013)

 Due to staff illness the store in Nazeing will be closed today Saturday 03 August

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience

Free 5 year warranty and 1 year insurance when you buy from UK Roland dealers

(Monday, August 05, 2013)

 Free 5 year warranty and 1 year insurance when you buy from UK Roland dealers



Roland are supporting UK music shops by making it a no-brainer to buy British. If you buy from an authorised Roland UK dealer and then register your product, you’ll get a 5 year warranty and 1 year insurance cover for free (for products over £500 RRP), as well as free technical support

How does it work?

  • Buy a Roland or Boss product from any authorised music dealer
  • Register your product via our form, create a new account if necessary
  • Once complete, your new product will be covered for five years
  • For 12 months free insurance cover* you will need to follow the instructions sent to you via your warranty email

Terms and Conditions

  • Product must be bought from an authorised Roland UK & Eire dealer
  • Accessories or software are not part of this offer
  • Certain other products are also not covered – find out which here
  • This offer runs from July 12th to October 31st 2013 inclusive
  • Product must be registered within 30 days of purchase otherwise the warranty will default to the usual term
  • Where applicable, the total warranty period of five years includes the statutory one year warranty period
  • 12 months free insurance is only available on products with an RRP of £500 or more

Go to for more information

Casio lifts the lid on limited edition digital piano

(Tuesday, August 06, 2013)

Casio lifts the lid on limited edition digital piano

Casio’s EMI Division has revealed that it will be releasing a ‘special offer’ 2013 digital piano aimed squarely at the autumn/Christmas selling season.

The AP-245 Celviano digital piano will, however, only be available for a limited period, so the firm is encouraging dealers to stock up on the new piano quick smart.

Featuring A.i.R sound technology and 88 note Tri-sensor keyboard action with simulated ebony and ivory key tops, the AP-245 Celviano also provides a comprehensive selection of sounds, USB connectivity, a built-in recording facility and DSP effects. 

Furthermore, the AP-245 comes housed in a ‘traditional’ black digital piano cabinet complete with a sliding key cover and Casio’s three-year warranty.  

Andy Carvill, head of Casio’s EMI Division, commented: “The AP-245 will represent outstanding value for money for the end user and a significant opportunity for our dealers to enjoy some high volume digital piano sales. Add in a good, achievable margin and we know we have a very strong offer in the run up to Christmas.  However, we had the opportunity to bring the stock into the UK a little earlier than previous years, so we will be releasing the AP-245 in the middle of August. We know this is really early for a Christmas special, but we may just catch some ‘back to school’ business. 

“Like previous offers this model will be available on a ‘while stocks last’ basis.  We will also be supporting dealers sell through with in-store POS materials, under the ‘Why Wait’ theme plus a wider range of marketing activities. Given the strength of the product, a potentially great price point and current market trends we feel sure the AP-245 will be a resounding success. So if you are not currently a Casio EMI dealer there is no better time to get on board.”

The AP-245 Celviano is expected to retail at around £500.


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(Wednesday, August 14, 2013)

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Joy Division tapes 'saved from skip'

(Friday, August 16, 2013)

Unheard Joy Division outtakes are among a stash of rare tapes to have surfaced, according to a former studio engineer who says she rescued them from a skip.

Julia Adamson worked at Stockport's Strawberry Studios and says she saved tapes by bands including Joy Division and Magazine when it shut 20 years ago.

She revealed the details on Facebook, saying she no longer wanted the tapes.

One recording features outtakes from Joy Division's 1979 sessions for the Unknown Pleasures album, she said.

Ms Adamson, who is also a former member of The Fall, said she salvaged the tapes when the studio's entire archive was binned after its closure in the early 1990s.

"They were just throwing everything in skips," she told BBC News. "They were throwing it all out and we were a bit devastated."

She and her husband, fellow engineer Chris Nagle, rescued recordings produced by Martin Hannett, who worked with Joy Division among other seminal Manchester bands, plus "anything else we thought we should hang on to", she said.

"We didn't see it as valuable, we just didn't like the idea of them being thrown in a skip," she said.

In the Facebook thread, she said she wanted them to go to a collector as she did not want to look after them any more.

She posted a photo showing almost 30 tape boxes with hand-written titles bearing the names of bands including New Order, The Durutti Column, Magazine and The Psychedelic Furs.

Many are copies of master tapes, with the originals still in existence elsewhere, she said.

But one, titled "Joy Division outtakes", features recordings of the songs She's Lost Control, Wilderness and New Dawn Fades that "haven't been heard before as far as I'm aware", she said.

"They're quite different to the album," she said. "They're earlier versions before they did the final take, but they are really good."

Joy Division were one of the most influential bands of the 1970s. After singer Ian Curtis killed himself in 1980, the remaining band members went on to find further success as New Order.

Julia Adamson now runs the Manchester-based record label Invisible Girl.


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